Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus). Taken at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon., on April 18th 2018.
Taken at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon., on April 18th 2018.
(1/400th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 11 - 12.5 cm

The Willow Warbler is a small bird with a grey-green back and pale under parts. It has a yellow tinged chest and throat and pale supercillium. It is very similar to the Chiffchaff, but is yellower.

In the summer can be found throughout the British Isles. It spends the winter in Africa.

It breeds wherever a few trees or taller bushes exist, often in woodlands and more wooded parks and gardens.

Like the Chiffchaff, it is often seen flitting about in the tree canopy in search of insects.

Although there are over 2.4 million breeding territories in the UK, it has suffered a moderate population decline since 1988 and is thus an Amber list species.


27-Sep-2018 : Chimney Meadows, Oxon (1)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
28-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (h)
23-Jun-2018 : Meathop Moss, Cumbria (h)
20-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
18-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
06-Jun-2018 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2018 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
27-May-2018 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
27-May-2018 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (h)
26-May-2018 : The Holies, Berks (h)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (h)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
05-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (12)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (1+)
04-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (3)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (2+)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2h)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
18-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)

18-Jun-2017 : Bernwood Forest, Bucks (h)
15-Jun-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
14-Jun-2017 : Daneway Banks, Gloucs (h)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
27-May-2017 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
20-May-2017 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (2+)
14-May-2017 : Rodborough Common, Glos (h)
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
21-Apr-2017 : MoD Arncott (1+)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
02-Apr-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)

23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
05-Jul-2016 : Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria (3+)
19-Jun-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2016 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
28-May-2016 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
28-May-2016 : Wicken Wood, Bucks (h)
08-May-2016 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
19-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)

06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
18-Jun-2015 : Haddon Hill, Somerset (1h)
06-Jun-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
30-May-2015 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
17-May-2015 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
16-May-2015 : Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (h)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (1)
30-Apr-2015 : Stoborough Heath NNR, Dorset (1)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)

05-Oct-2014 : Chimney Meadows, Oxon (1)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Aug-2014 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
31-May-2014 : Salden railway cutting (h)
31-May-2014 : Wicken Wood, Bucks (h)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
18-May-2014 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
17-May-2014 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
09-May-2014 : Bwlch-y-rhiw, Ceredigion (h)
09-May-2014 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (2)
05-May-2014 : LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion (1)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (3)
21-Apr-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)